What It Takes: A 99-word Flash Fiction

After the announcement of the winners of Carrot Ranch’s Rodeo, the head wrangler Charli Mills wrote an insightful blog about writing and revision among other things. Then she issued this week’s prompt on winning and to go where the prompt led in 99 words (no more, no less).

Whether this is what she meant or not, here is the one I wrote.

What It Takes

From the time her classmates started playing football in the seventh grade, they never lost a game. Their winning streak continued through their senior year including winning the state championship.

Many went to college and tasted defeat for the first time. Some didn’t make the teams and for those that did, their team lost games.

The biggest defeat they often faced was the reality of college classes, which required hours of hard work.

Ironically, those boys who diligently studied throughout high school often persevered more easily than those who hadn’t.  For the others, it required a change of attitude.

~Nancy Brady, 2019

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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2 Responses to What It Takes: A 99-word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    Like Aesop’s fable about working even in the summer to store supplies for winter…
    We need to find that work can be winning and rewarding. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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